On the 25th anniversary of its publication, Mary McCarthy '33 read from her novel The Group (1963), an account of the lives of a group of Vassar women in the years after their graduation. The reading was followed by a question and answer session, during which McCarthy confirmed that the principal character, Kay, was based partially on herself during her college years and partially on “someone who had been at Vassar and someone I never liked.”     The New York Times